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“Ride of Silence” on May 21

On Wednesday evening, May 21, Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) will lead Ride of Silence in the state capital to honor bicyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Bike Portland)

On Wednesday evening, May 21, Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) will lead Ride of Silence in the state capital to honor bicyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Bike Portland)

— On Wednesday evening, May 21, Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) will lead Ride of Silence in the state capital to honor bicyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles.

The Ride of Silence is an annual event that happens on the same day across the U.S. and around the world. Since 2007, the Ride has been organized by the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) to draw attention to the need to improve the safety of Vermont’s roadways for all users.

Bicyclists at the May 21 event will ride approximately 12 miles in silence, single file at a respectful pace while wearing their helmets.

VBPC's Nancy Schulz, said, “Vermonters deserve to have roads that are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ride of Silence is a way of letting our elected leaders know that we’re not at that point now and we want to get there.”

In Montpelier, the Ride of Silence bicyclists will gather at the statehouse steps at 5:30 and then receive black and red armbands, each of which has been labeled with the name of a crash victim.

At the halfway point in the ride, the names will be read aloud to emphasize the high price of unsafe infrastructure and unsafe behavior.

For more info about the Ride of Silence, contactSchulz at 802-225-8904 or Nancy@VTBikePed.org.

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